One of two ports of entry in the Cayman Islands is located in George Town, so adventurers who would like to sail themselves to Grand Cayman will certainly be able to do so. Be warned, coral reef and a far off location does make this a difficult place to sail to.
If the dangers of sailing worry you, or you simply prefer to sit back and let someone else do the work, signing up for a sailing sightseeing tour or excursions is a great way to still be able to get out on the water. Tours can include anything from a simple trip along the coast with snacks and drinks, to full day experiences that may include stopping for swimming and snorkeling.
If you want to spend some time on the water, without the cost and responsibility involved with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Check out the chart that follows for names and phone numbers for area excursion providers.
|Black Princess Charters||(345) 949-0400||65 Capt Allies Road and Boltins Avenue - West Bay|
|Cayman Islands Sailing Charters||(345) 525-1222||10 Market Street - Georgetown|
|Jolly Roger||(345) 922-9922||West Bay Road - Downtown Georgetown|
|Ocean Frontiers||(345) 947-7500||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 949-6796||Grand Cayman|
|Pirates Of The Caymans||(345) 623-7245||West Bay Road - Seven Mile Beach|
|Red Sail Sports Charter||(345) 623-5965||3.1 mi. (5.0 km) North of Georgetown|
|Sail Cayman||(345) 916-4333||The Yacht Club C31 - Georgetown|
|Sun Rays Tours||--||West Bay|
|(345) 947-2649||Spinnaker Square, Red Bay - Georgetown|
Instead of sailing directly to Grand Cayman, why not hire a boar when you arrive for a few days of fun out on the water? If you've got the skills, Grand Cayman has several local charter companies which are mainly set in Georgetown.
If you're evaluating the option of a boat charter, you can reserve one from these area companies:
|(345) 916-0349||Cayman Islands Yacht Club - Grand Cayman|
|Mainstay Sailing||(345) 927-1127||West Bay Road - Crystal Harbour|
|(345) 949-6672||62 Lincoln Road - Georgetown|
|(345) 945-2628||Grand Cayman|
|(345) 945-4676||Unit 25, 69 Barnes Drive - Georgetown|
|(345) 949-0008||53 North Church Street - Georgetown|
|(345) 949-4977||Grand Cayman|
As you arrive, you'll contact port security via VHF channel 16 and sail in with your yellow quarantine flag flying. When you dock, you'll pay $25(USD) to have your boat fumigated so that mosquitoes are not transported to the island, plus you'll present all of your boat's official documentation and your immigration paperwork at this time. If customs and immigrations officials grant entry, you will then be free to sail on to your final destination. There are several marinas on Grand Cayman, including two in George Town and one in West End.
Are you going to visit Grand Cayman using a vessel you own, or a charter from a different area? This next chart lists nearby marinas.
|(345) 947-7913||320 Spinnaker Road - Georgetown|
|--||2.7 mi. (4.4 km) East of Georgetown|
|(345) 949-3743||606 North Sound Road - Georgetown|
Grand Cayman and the rest of the Cayman Islands may not be a top choice for sailing thanks to the perilous nature of the reef, the but possibility to get out on a boat still exists if you have the know-how and are willing to make it happen. Whether you participate in a sightseeing tour, charter a local boat, or sail the entire way to the island yourself, sailing the through the waters that surround Grand Cayman offer yachters a whole new way to experience the island.
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